Over the past month we’ve seen a couple rumors about a forthcoming device from Samsung that can be classified as either a really large smartphone or a small tablet. Both of these rumors focused on a device with a 7-inch screen. One suggested the device will be released in South Korea as the Samsung Galaxy W while another rumor indicated Samsung intended to classify the device as a smartphone even though it shared a screen size along the lines of a tablet device. Now some entries from the Zauba import tracking web site indicate Samsung is working on a 6.3-inch device that could possibly be coming to AT&T.
Samsung’s original Galaxy Mega was produced with a 6.3-inch screen and while we know manufacturers keep working to make things bigger and better, increasing that screen size really starts to push the border into tablet device territory. That is part of what made the device believed to be a Samsung Galaxy W seem to be a little bit of suspicious candidate as a successor the Galaxy Mega.
This new entry in the Zauba database seems to indicate Samsung definitely has a 6.3-inch device in the works and we think this may be in addition to the 7-inch device also under development by Samsung. Where the previous line of thinking was that the Galaxy W and the Galaxy Mega 2 were the same device, it could be they are two separate devices. Previous Zauba entries also show a device with the same model number passing through with screen sizes listed as 5.1 and 6, the latter of which was consistent with some earlier specification rumors.
Also of note in the Zauba entries are references to AT&T, suggesting the device will make it to the U.S. The Galaxy W was thought to be an exclusive to South Korea’s SK Telecom. If a version of a large format smartphone is headed to AT&T, it could be something other than the Galaxy W if the Galaxy W is truly going to be available only in South Korea.
With a Samsung tablet-oriented event scheduled for next week, it may be possible some of this constantly changing information will be cleared up.